Stop partying in your Airbnb

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We’ve been for several months in a global pandemic (have you heard?) With no end in sight, and while it shouldn’t be necessary to say it, Please: stop having parties in person. And certainly don’t host a party on your rented Airbnb – if you do, you could be banned from booking with the service in the future.

Airbnb largely banned parties long before COVID-19, banning “unauthorized” gatherings. Most hosts also prohibit events in their house rules. But since the start of the pandemic, Airbnb has removed the option for listings that explicitly allow parties and events, and the platform has now prohibits parties in all properties listed.

What this means in practice: You will not be able to book a property that can accommodate more than 16 people.

Airbnb’s announcement also states that “parties are now prohibited on all future bookings.” It doesn’t explicitly prohibit you from having one or two unreserved guests in your rental, but does note that Airbnb doesn’t allow small gatherings and will enforce the rules against “groups of any size.”

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If you are having a party and you are flagged up (by a neighbor, for example), you will likely be banned from using Airbnb in the future. The company also sued against a guest who threw a party in Sacramento earlier this month, and he doesn’t seem to hesitate to do so against future offenders. Hosts who freely allow large groups may also experience consequences.

Basically, don’t be irresponsible. You shouldn’t throw or attend large gatherings nowhere right now, and you definitely shouldn’t be clubbing or partying in a rental house. If you’re using Airbnb, book a property that allows the number of guests you plan to join and follow the host’s rules.

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